Power Users Guide to Google Chrome: Lifehacker


GooglechromelogoWith all of my MSI Wind benchmarking activities, I haven’t had as much of a chance to dig deeper into Google Chrome. Luckily, Gina Trapani over at Lifehacker has had the time. She put together one of the most all-encompassing early "Power User Guides" to Google’s new browser. Some of the tips and tricks are ones I’ve seen or posted on already, but there’s quite a few new tweaks and goodies in her guide as well. Some of the many topics covered:

  • Various hidden "about: " pages that offer useful under-the-hood information
  • Tons of keyboard shortcuts; many are shared from Firefox, but a few are unique to Chrome
  • Several startup switches to help you customize the browser functions
  • Bookmarklets, themes and other extras
Chrome is still lacking key functionality that use I everyday, namely the ability to mail a link to someone and a mechanism to easily add an RSS feed to Google Reader, but I anticipate those functions to crop up in the very near future. For now, I’m using it when I can simply based on ease of use and speed.



While Chrome doesn’t have Firefox’s super-handy about:config area, it does have several about: pages that show you all sorts of interesting information about what’s going on behind the scenes. Check out Google Chrome’s full list of hidden about: pages here.

Kevin Hughes

Would be more impressive if they could get the TIP working, that’s a bit of a killer for using it on the tablet for me.

Mickey Segal

Tablet users will find this tip interesting: “Click and hold (or right-click) the Back or Forward button to go directly to a page far behind or forward in your browsing history.”

They implemented this in a way that follows the “click and hold” = “right click” equivalence of pen input. This is impressive attention to detail.

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